A crack team of Police detectives have arrested seven armed robbers including a serving and dismissed soldiers over alleged robbery of a bullion van in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
It was gathered that the bullion van was travelling from Enugu State when it was accosted and attacked in Abakaliki on July 29, 2020.
The suspects in the robbery incident which led to the death of four police personnel and injuring others, were later arrested a few days after the incident in Delta State.
A situation report of the unfortunate incident indicated that “during a serious Manhunt by IRT Detectives with technical Intelligence Support from TIU arrested one Alfred Robinson, 45 years of age, a native of Gelegele Town in Ovia North LGA of Edo State on 1/8/2020 in Asaba, Delta State.
An intensive follow up was carried out which led to the arrest of six more of the gang members by IRT Detectives within 24hrs.
Those arrested include; Sgt Ayeni Samuel, a Nigerian soldier serving in Ikeja, Lagos; Cpl Emeka Harrison, a dismissed soldier, who served in Maiduguri Borno State; Emeka Illo, the Sponsor of the operation; and Abuchi Elijah Aka “Chime D Mosquito” an Informant for the robbers and Ibanifiroi Ekiene a native of Tombia Community
Firearms recovered from the criminals include 12 undetonated improvised explosives, one GPMG, six rifles, 51 AK-47 magazines, 1,620 ammunition, 2 robbed vehicles, breaking implements and charms.
The police report further said that all the suspects upon interrogation, confessed to the Bullion Van Robbery in Ebonyi State.
The suspects also confessed that four out of the rifles recovered belongs to the Policemen they killed during the robbery.
It was also gathered that the suspects are assisting police to arrest their remaining gang members.